Friday, August 31, 2012

Five Things Friday

We have 'officially' started school. Meaning: we are now getting homework. 
So as you may have noticed, posts were a little scarce this week. We'll work on getting better at that.

Well, here we are once again with 5 Things Friday. We are hoping we can commit to this during the school year.

1: You may or may not know that my goal for next summer is to make a quilt. (wish me luck!) I've been looking around for ideas and tutorials, and came across this bedding from Urbran Outfitters which I love. I don't necessarily love all the fabric involved, but I do love the tinier squares. (I can't find it back on their website but I know I found it there1)

2. While we're on the topic of bedding... I found these polka-dot pillow cases on Pinterest. They may be my favorite thing ever.

3. Four day weekend this weekend! Oh boy, I need this baad!

4. With Fall coming up I've been eyeing Chambery shirts.

5. This weekend Taylor and I are gonna do some camping together. I am sooooooo excited!

Enjoy your holiday weekend!
Megan
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One other thing, we are working on getting all of the 5 Things Friday posts up and into the tab under the header! Super excited for that!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Someone Got a Makeover

Like the new look?
We loooove it! There are still a few things here and there that need fixing up but we will get that ASAP. 

We switched to a new template, changed our color scheme, went with polka-dots, slapped on a new header, added a few fancy new things to the blog, and called it a day. (more like two days)
Want to know what we used? Here's all there is to know!
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We used this picture for our color inspiration (and threw a green into the bunch)
   
The header font is KG Skinny Latte from dafont.com

Something Swanky's tutorial's on blog design were used for the bar under the header, and the Pinterest and Email buttons on each of our about us pages (Taylor's, Megan's) (if the pinterest and email button don't work yet for you... they will soon! Promise!)
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There you have it! 
Hope you like the new look to our blog, cause I think it will be staying for a while. :)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Laptop Case

Here is what was behind the fabric that I showed you last week Friday... a laptop case!
School is in full swing, and that means we have our laptops back. Now, once you enter into high school, the techy people finally trust that you will take good care of you laptop and won't throw it into a wall or something crazy like that. So, now since I am a freshman I can forget about that clunky, ugly, black, looks like I am a business woman laptop case, and move on in my life to a much more adorable case.

I mean, look at the inside fabric. Navy+chevron. Two of my favorite things.


I don't know about you, but when I read a tutorial online (or another place) it can be veeerrry confusing. So many words, steps, and measurements. What is what? Are my eyes the only ones out there that have this problem? Bolding is my friend in tutorials. So... you will see lots of bolding, big letters, and italics to help you out hopefully (if your eyes are like mine). 

Supplies
Beading cord elastic
1/2 yard of fabric
Another 1/2 yard of fabric
1/2 yard of interfacing (make sure it is fluffy enough to protect your laptop)
Button
Thread
Iron
Sewing machine
Scissors
Ruler
1. Cut. For my laptop I cut the piece for the back and the flap 15x14.75 inches (which we will refere to as the bigger piece. Creative. I know.). So, if you have an Apple MacBook these dimensions are for you! If you don't have a MacBook measure the height of you laptop and add 1.5 inches-2 inches
The front part is 15x10 inches (we will call this... the smaller piece)

2. Layering. You will do this step with both the smaller and bigger piece. Layer it in this order:
Fabric (doesn't matter what one) right side up.
Fabric right side down.
Interfacing
Make sure your fabric's right sides (or the side with the print) are touching!

3. Elastic.  Take your bigger piece and on a longest side (aka the 15 in. side) find the middle. Mark it with chalk, pen, whatever you like. This is when you may be using a fancy new elastic aka beading corde elastic. (it really isn't to fancy, just in a circaly formish) Cut a fairly good size piece. Make a loop with it and put it over your button you will be using. Make the loop smaller than the button is. (like with mine, my loop hit about the ridge in the button... that small) Hold it so it doesn't lose it's size, and put it in the middle where you marked in between the two fabrics, the loop in so you have two little elastic tails. Sew back and forth multiple times (like 10). Give the tails a tug to make sure it is secure and doesn't move. 
Like my train ruler? I do too.



    
SUPER BLURRY! But, see how the loop is inside!

4. Measuring/Pinning. On the long side opposite of the elastic side, leave a big opening (3.5-4 inches, you will use it to turn the fabric inside-out.). Put a pin where the open spot begins and ends so you don't accidentally sew over it. (do this with the smaller piece too.)
   
5. Sew. Sew a 1/4 inch from the edge. Start at one pin, sew all around and end at the other pin. Once you are done sewing that piece you can sew the other one. 

6. Cut. Cut the corners on a diagonal. (do to both pieces). Fold both pieces in side-out.
  
7. Iron. Iron the edges of the whole in. Make it as even as possible. (do the same for both pieces) 
8. Sew. Sew VERY closely to the edge of the fabric over the ironed over whole, but make sure not to go over the edge. (do the same for both pieces)

(I forgot to take pictures of the next 2 steps so you get some drawings instead :) Enjoy!)
9. Line Up. Take both of your flaps. Take the bigger piece, the fabric that you want on the outside should be facing up. Take the smaller piece, and put the outside fabric so it touches the outside fabric on the other flap. The inside fabric should be facing up on the smaller flap. Line up the bottoms (the elastic side is the top.) (You may want to pin it in place)


10. Sew. Sew along the bottom of where they line up.


11. Double Check! Make sure this step is completed before you move on! (you may have already done this in step 8)


11. Line up. Once both of your pieces are attached to each other line up the two sides so you have a pouch and a flap.


8. Sew. Sew VERY closely to the edge of the fabric. Follow these directions to know what way to sew.

8. Button. Sew on that lovely button of yours... make sure the elastic can reach!

7. Iron. Iron the flap down, press the edges. Do what you gotta do with the iron!

And it is complete!
   A fancy new case makes going to school a wee bit better.
Now I have a matching case and scarf!
If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will get back to you on it.
Megan

Friday, August 24, 2012

This + That


Well as Megan mentioned earlier this week we are back in school, yah, I know, super sad! One of the fantastic things of going back to school is getting my laptop back. Yah! This means I will be able to post more + make the posts fast aka no more super slow internet. 

I actually did not stay up that one night when I said I was going to (fail...was in bed at like 9:30), so I don't have any written. But, I am in the process of downloading tons of pictures. 

For now I am just going to show you some pretty things that I think you will enjoy :) 
{Sorta like the 5 things Friday Megan did last week and Insta Friday because all these pictures were taken with Instagram!}

1.


Oreo pie...kinda drawing a blank on what you call it. But, this stuff is the best dessert ever. Especially if you make it with Moose Tracks ice cream instead of vanilla. Just thought I would let you know because I would not want you to miss out on the goodness!

2.


My grandparents house on the lake. One of my most favorite spots. I spent countless days here during this blazing hot summer!

3. 


It seems to be that Mint Chocolate Chip is my favorite flavor of ice cream! What's yours? 

4. 


Two of my favorite things to wear. My green pants + yellow ON shoes/wedges. 

5. 


Are these things not some of the cutest things you have ever seen or what? They are little buckets/containers. They are currently holding lots of my sewing stuff. They also match perfectly with my new (not so much anymore) room. 

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
Next week you should hopefully be seeing more regular posts coming from me :)

Taylor

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Megan has showed you a couple times what she has been making for craft show this year, and I wanted to let you know that I have been making stuff too. But, you see, they are kinda almost all sold right now so I need to make some more so I can take pictures! What am I making? Bags. {library tote, beach bag, purse...etc.} I will try to make + have pictures up asap!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Infinity Scarf DIY

I REALLY love scarfs. Alot. Funny thing is... I only own one. Almost every time we go shopping my goal is to get a scarf. But they can be so expensive. I'm cheap and tighten right, so I pass them up.
 You saw last week Friday the new fabric I got. Yeah well this isn't what the reveal is/was gonna be (that's coming later this week). I loved the fabric so much that I went back to get more. Yeah, obsessed. So please, don't knock my fabric. It's my favorite.
Anyhoo... I got this hankerin to make an infinity/circle scarf (what do you call it? Is there a difference?) and so I did. By the way. This is SO easy! Probably the easiest sewing project evah.


It doesn't wrap around twice like most do... but I like it just the same.

Want to make one too? We could be twins.

Here's what you need.... (yeah only three things. pretty awesome)
1/2 yard of fabric
thread
sewing machine

First fold your fabric in half the long way. Have both right sides meet in the middle.


Second sew along the longest side at 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Third 'un-inside-out' the scarf and try it on to see how long you want it.

Fourth fold one of the short edges in. Take the other short edge and put it inside the folded short edge.


(pardon the blurry picture)

Fifth sew along what you just folded. MAKE SURE YOU DON'T SEW THE REST OF YOUR SCARF, JUST THE FOLDED PART.


Fluff it up and you are done! Pretty easy right!?


I'm pretty happy with the outcome. And it cost under $5. Pretty sure I can handle that.

Megan

Linking up with: Carrie This Home, Craft-O-Maniac

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tomorrow We Start School

Tomorrow Taylor and I go to go adventure our way into highschool.

  
IN THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST. 
What's up with that? 
You may think that since we start so early we get out earlier. 
Psshh... yeah. Like three days earlier.
Well I've only got to do this three more times. Then college. Woah. Try wrapping your mind around that!? I'd better stop. Otherwise my brains gonna blow up. That wouldn't be good, cause my brains gotta stay sharp for the next nine months. 
See ya tomorrow with a nifty tutorial!
Megan

Friday, August 17, 2012

5 Things Friday

(this is a little different than what usually goes on here at the blog but I thought a mix up could do us all well :)

1. I am super duper excited to show you all what I've got planned behind these sassy two prints! Next week sometime will be the reveal.

2. Would you just look at this bag? I LOOOOVE it. Like a lot. Picked it up at Joann's (hence the Go Green JoAnn logo in the bottom :) 

3. Looking for a new flavor of gum? This stuff is the bomb.

4. Lately I've been obsessing over Toms. I've got my eye on these beauty's, but, I can't quite bring myself to paying $45 for shoes.

5. Folks, this is a true statement. School is literally just around the corner. 
Megan

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sewing a Ruffle

If you know me you know I loooove ruffles. A lot. I have made a few ruffled items that you can see the tutorials for (ruffle t-shirt pillow, ruffle wallet) and then there are some ruffly items that have made it to my Pinterest boards. Like... ruffle dish towel, ruffle aprons, ruffle curtains, ruffle headband, ruffle pillows, and my golly ruffle Bible cases. Oh stop it.
In the pillow tutorial I sorta explained how to sew a ruffle but I don't think it was very clear. So. This post it designated completely on how to sew a ruffle.



First your going to want to cut out your fabric. Cut it bigger than you want it to be in the end. The bigger you cut it the more ruffle you can have.
Get out the sewing machine and turn the stitch to the biggest it can go. Sew along both sides.


Bring the both threads to the same side. You do this by pulling one thread until you get a loop. Then you pull the loop through.
(side note: I had a snazzy collage all made up for you with more specific directions and a whole lot of arrows to show you how to do this. However, blogger is being a pain and says I don't have enough file size to upload it. Gr.  So I suppose we will just have to go with pictures in a column. Bummer. Anyone know how to fix this problem?)




On one side take a pin and pin it close to the to strands of thread. Take both pieces of thread and around the pin, down and across, around, up and across, around. Repeat this several times on both sides.
(Please excuse the massive fray alert going on on the right side)

Take one strand of thread and pull it till it is all cinched up. 

Carefully pull the cinched up fabric apart, until you get the size you need and the amount of ruffle you want. 

Switch your stitch size back to normal and sew below the bigger stitches. 


And you my friends are all done. 
Pretty simple! Now go sew bunches of darling ruffle items.
Megan

Monday, August 13, 2012

Some will be coming!

Well I feel very bad, sorry, and all the other words that go along those two. I simply feel this way because I don't think I have wrote 1 post this entire summer that has been worth reading. ((looks down in shame))
I am very thankful for Megan who does keep up with this blog more often than me, but feel awful I've done like nothing!
I do have some excuses :)
I have been camping/vacationing a lot (but yes I have been home a lot too)
I do things, but totally forget to take pictures (okay thats a bad excuse)
Our computer is super duper slow! You remember those one types of computers that you have to have on a big 'ole desk and plug into the wall?! Yah, thats the kind we have...if only I could just sit on the couch and write a post! ((dreaming here)) Right now I am currently writing this on my phone actually because the computer is frozen. again. Any-who enough with the computer excuse :)
Last, but not least, I'm pretty sure my moms camera is on its last leg :( Almost every picture I take turns out either a) pixy with little fussy dots everywhere or b) the color is horrible and turns out nothin' like the true color! I plan to buy my own soon...oh to be able to take pictures as good as Megan + Melaine ((again dreaming))
With school coming soon I hope to be able to write some more because of the handy dandy laptop they provide for us! You may be thinking School? Soon? It is still the middle of August?! Well sadly I start back up in 1 week...August 22. O yippee-de-doo! Not.
As the title of this post did say 'Some will be coming' I pinky promise they will be! I have all the pictures taken, some (horribly) edited, but no words written so I hope to finish a few tonight! May mean I'll be up 'till 2am but whatever it takes I'm determined!

Have an awesome rest of your week!
Taylor


Sunday, August 5, 2012

1 Corinthians 2:9

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On a different note, I will be gone this coming week so don't plan on any posts from me. See you later!
Megan

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pinterest

I'm gonna be honest here. I don't have a single thing to post this week. So what do I do when I am in a sticky situation like this? I go to a Pinterest post when I am desperate for a post. 
Let us begin.

If I had a house
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This is just any ordinary fireplace plus mantle. There is a TV behind those white doors.
Sah-weet!
P.s. I love the wall color.

Craft Ideas

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Can you tell I really have a thing for ruffles? Yup. Love em. However, these are both used in the kitchen where I have a slim amount of talent in. Oh well, they are still cute. 

Favorite Spaces

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This sewing corner is darling. I love everything. The desk and its color, the chair, those flowers behind the sewing machine are super cute... might have to try to make those.

Color

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I love these bright colors. And those cookies are kinda cool in a creepy sort of way.

Bible Verses



Style

I love this dress. A lot. I am not so crazy about the belt. Looks kinda cowgirlish... which I am not, and don't love the bow. With a different belt it would be Fabulous! 

Sewing

I really love this triangle quilt. Superdeeduper cute.

Food

Mmmm. Pressed Italian sandwiches. These look delicious right now. 

Megan
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